Probe Ordered Into Neonatal Deaths At LD Hospital


SRINAGAR — The J&K State Commission for Protection of Women & Child Rights (J&KSCPWCR), Friday took suo-moto cognizance of “unfortunate” death of twin neonats at LD hospital here.

It has decided to form an inquiry committee to “find the facts,” an official spokesperson said.

The Commission had come across reports appearing in a section of media about mishandling of cases in L. D hospital in which twin new born babies lost their lives.

A  journalist had on Thursday wrote an open letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, alleging medical negligence by the Lal Ded Hospital in Srinagar which led to the death of his twin babies. Abid Soffi has also alleged that his wife was slapped by one of the doctors and asked to shut up or leave the hospital, according to reports.

The incident happened in the wee hours of June 29.

In the letter to the Governor, Abid had alleged that the doctors at the Lal Ded Hospital declared that his babies were dead without conducting any tests on his wife. The doctors did not carry out any medical tests despite the repeated pleas since, Abid Soffi said, his wife could still feel the movement of her babies.

Soffi has alleged that when his wife said that she could feel the movement of the babies, the doctors shouted at her.

“The doctors on duty asked her to lie on the bed and without any test – Ultrasound or other tests – declared that both the babies have died. When my wife insisted that she can feel the movement of the babies and my mother-in-law argued about the same they were shouted at and silenced,” Abid Soffi said in the open letter which he also posted on his social media profiles.

The journalist said that the security officer at the hospital did not allow him into the room and “pushed me out every time I tried to enter”. Soffi said that when the babies were finally delivered inducing labour, “they were still alive and were left unattended”. His wife has alleged that one of the senior doctors asked his assistance to put the first child on the table, “despite him being alive”.



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